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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | March 24, 2017

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Juvenile arrested after alleged threats against New Kent schools

By Community Member | February 24, 2017 12:23 pm

New Kent Sheriff’s Office has arrested a juvenile after threats were made against two of the schools in the county. A press release indicated that around 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 23, threats were made via social media against New Kent Middle and High School. The message advised students not to be at school tomorrow (Feb. 24). After notifying school administration, the sheriff’s office conducted interviews and an investigation to identify the sender. About 45 minutes later, the sheriff’s office identified a juvenile subject who was taken into custody. The sheriff’s office increased security at all four schools the following day…
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Departments pitch for additional funding in New Kent’s proposed budget

By Andre Jones | February 22, 2017 12:41 pm

A number of departments involved in New Kent made one last pitch to county supervisors for additional funds in the upcoming budget cycle. New Kent leaders received inquiries from Heritage Public Library, county schools, and fire emergency services during supervisors’ Feb. 22 work session. After county administrator Rodney Hathaway provided a budget update to the board, a few departments received opportunity to speak in hopes of seeking additional funds. Among the entities was Heritage Public Library, which is seeking to work with an operational budget of $203,000, an increase of $39,000 from Hathaway’s proposal of $164,000 this year. “With the…
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Charles City school board reduces overall budget number for FY2017-18

By Andre Jones | February 22, 2017 1:40 am

Charles City superintendent of schools David Gaston has announced first steps in adjusting a proposed budget for FY2017-18. Working through various departments, Gaston announced at the Feb. 21 school board meeting a new figure of $9,160,920 for the upcoming cycle. That number is $119,630 less than the original proposal ($9,290,550) presented in January. With the reduction, Gaston also commented that a request for local appropriations has also been lowered. First pegged at $5,380,465 (an increase of $403,000 compared to the current year’s budget), that number dwindled down to $5,287,621. The total request for new funds from county leaders is now…
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Hopewell man to serve three months for attempted burglary in Charles City

By Andre Jones | February 17, 2017 8:09 pm

A Hopewell man will serve three months in jail after accepting a plea deal Feb. 17 in Charles City Circuit Court. Jalen Joell Johnson, 24, of the 1100 block of Butternut Drive, entered a guilty plea to one count of attempted burglary. One charge each of attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, and misdemeanor driving suspended were dropped. In a summary of evidence, on July 1, 2016, Johnson and co-defendant Deandre Wilson drove to a residence on Cattail Road. The duo attempted to enter the garage, with one of the defendants climbing on top of…
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Increase in revenue, not taxes, part of New Kent’s $64.6 million proposed budget

By Andre Jones | February 14, 2017 2:58 am

At a 13.1 percent growth rate over the last five years, New Kent has emerged as the fourth fastest growing county in the state of Virginia. With that information in hand, county administrator Rodney Hathaway presented a proposed budget that reflected the residential growth. A $64,604,333 budget proposal made its way to county supervisors during Monday evening’s regular board meeting. As part of Hathaway’s recommendation, there are no tax increases in real estate (currently 83 cents per $100 of assessed value) or personal property ($3.75 per $100 of assessed value) for the upcoming fiscal year. Projected revenues for next year…
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Transport of $24,000 in marijuana results in three-year prison sentence for Yorktown man

By Andre Jones | February 14, 2017 1:34 am

A Yorktown man who transported $24,000 worth of marijuana will spend the next three years in prison after agreeing to terms of a plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court. Mathew Shane Cazares, 30, entered a guilty plea to one count of transporting more than five pounds of marijuana during the Monday court session. One charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute (more than five pounds) was dropped as a part of the agreement. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, Cazares was the target of a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) investigation. Through…
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Charles City man convicted on extortion charge in New Kent Circuit Court

By Andre Jones | February 14, 2017 12:23 am

A Charles City man who sent threats through a letter was convicted of extortion during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. David Scott Yates Sr., 48, of the 4500 block of Rocking Horse Lane, was found guilty on a single count of extortion during the contested trial. The victim, a woman who was dating Yates at the time, received a letter in her Quinton post office box from him dated May 6, 2015 while he was incarcerated at Haynesville Correctional Center. At the focal point of the letter were threats by the defendant to expose her for crimes…
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No speakers at Charles City School Board’s public hearing on $9.2 million proposed budget

By Andre Jones | February 8, 2017 9:15 am

No speakers addressed members of Charles City’s School Board during a Feb. 7 public hearing on the recommended $9.2 million budget. Superintendent of schools David Gaston provided an update to the board on recent budgets passed by the state Senate and the House of Delegates. While early numbers are raw, Gaston indicated that both proposals carry additional funding for Charles City, with an expected minimum increase of $44,000. While many representatives didn’t comment much on the work session that followed the public hearing, at-large representative Steve Fuhrmann reemphasized his stance on asking for additional money from county leaders to assist…
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Pupil increase plays significant part in New Kent schools’ budget that nears $30 million

By Andre Jones | February 6, 2017 10:53 pm

So, what’s it going to cost to educate an additional 100 students in New Kent County schools? About an additional $1.1 million dollars. That figure was given to New Kent School Board members as part of superintendent of schools Dave Myers’ budget presentation on Feb. 6. As part of the school’s general fund, Myers is proposing to operate schools at a cost of $29,992,697 for FY2017-18. By comparison, the schools are operating on a budget of $28,895,800 for the current cycle, meaning that $1,096,897 of new money is being requested for the next school year. With self-sustaining money from the…
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New Kent Middle School considering block schedule for next year

By Andre Jones | February 6, 2017 10:18 pm

New Kent Middle School is proposing a change to students’ schedules for the upcoming year. Principal Kelley Gray and assistant principal Frank Wheeler presented the option of an A/B block schedule for the upcoming school year to board members on Feb. 6. Gray said concerns about short class time, a lack of elective courses, and not enough time for remediation led her to form a committee about the possible change. Under the proposal, the block schedule would allow for more electives to be offered to students, smaller class sizes, and more time for teacher instruction. Days would consist of four…
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